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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,739) 27th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Coventry City Coventry

Blades snatch points...again

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 27/08/05 2:50pm

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Debutant David Unsworth became an instant hero as his penalty earned all three points for Sheffield United, who overcame Coventry 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Unsworth stepped up with just seconds remaining to smash his spot kick past Stephen Bywater to secure United's second consecutive last-minute league win.

The result was hard on The Sky Blues who more than matched the Championship table-toppers, after taking the lead through James Scowcroft. The former Leicester striker strolled onto a perfect slide-rule pass from Willo Flood before lifting the ball over Paddy Kenny.

However, Coventry's joy lasted only three minutes, and it was the pacy Steve Kabba who dragged The Blades back into the match. Kabba was an eleventh-hour inclusion in Neil Warnock's side after Danny Webber injured himself in the warm-up, but the striker was fully aware as he burst into the area to rifle home an unstoppable finish.

Micky Adams' side were then put under severe pressure when Matt Heath saw red for his second booking of the afternoon 30 minutes from time.

Paul Ifill and Leigh Bromby both tested the visitors' rearguard, before Unsworth finally snatched late glory.

Richard Duffy recklessly felled Alan Quinn inside the area, and the script was written for the former Everton defender to send The Blades to the top of the league.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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